Sunday, January 20, 2013

My new venture - Dwell Antiques & Home in Denver, CO

I can't believe it's been 6 months since I've blogged here! I sincerely thought I'd be able to manage my new antiques store and this blog, but the evidence is clear and I think my posts here will be few and far between.

The good news is that the antiques shop I opened in September is doing splendidly!

The store is called Dwell Antiques & Home and is located just outside of Denver, CO in the Cherry Hills Marketplace of Greenwood Village. We carry antique furniture - painted and unpainted dressers, desks, hutches, baker's racks, dining tables, side and end tables, night stands, headboards, etc. - as well as new and antique home decorating items - antique mirrors, frames, linens, silver, baskets, glassware, and other decor - gifts, beautiful jewelry, hand made treasures and so much more. We like to call Dwell a "lifestyle store."

I would love it if you followed us on the Dwell Antiques & Home Facebook page. We're also on Pinterest and are just getting our Etsy store started.

While I'll try to be here from time to time, the store is where I'm focusing most of my attention these days. Our goal is to be one of the best small antique stores in the Denver area. It's been a lot of hard work thus far, but it's also extremely rewarding and tons of fun.

Thanks for your support!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Summer of Fun - Part 2

Because we are obviously completely insane, we thought it would be fun to take a road trip with the kids through New Mexico to visit Marc's daughter, then Arizona, Nevada and, finally, to California for a trip to Disney and the beach.

We planned lots of stops so we wouldn't be cooped up in the car and I made Marc stop at every worlds-largest-ball-of-twine type stop along the way. Here's the world's largest petrified tree at the Geronimo Trading Post, lest you think I'm kidding...

We told the kids that we were driving through Cars Land and they really got into it. Felix brought his cars out at Geronimo and staged this photo himself.

The Grand Canyon was our next stop. What can I say? It was amazing to look out and imagine the land covered in ice, then water, millions of years ago and how it turned into what it is now. The kids didn't quite feel the same way until I compared it to the movie Ice Age 2: The Meltdown. Then the light bulbs went on and they understood. Go figure.

Next up: Disney!

Fletcher's favorite part was definitely Jedi Training Academy where he got to battle Darth Maul (also known as Dark Mole in our house).

My favorite - by FAR - was the new Cars Land that just opened in June. It looks just like Radiator Springs.

Of course the beach is always a family favorite and it was nice to sprinkle a few beach days  in between the chaos of Disney. It's interesting to see Fletcher, who was diagnosed with ADHD, go from out-of-control at Disney (where the kids waited in lines for long periods of time and were "cooped up" in the form of having to stay at our sides all day) to being so serene at the beach where he could run and play and just relax.

If you're ever driving through Utah, St. George is must see on a hot afternoon. The town is sweet in itself - lots of little antiques stores and places to visit - but the splash park in their town square was a welcomed reprieve from the hot weather.

We are finally home again tackling mountains of laundry, a fridge detox (note to self: raw meat left in the fridge for 12 days is not a good idea), and catching up on sleep.

Let the Summer of Fun continue!

Summer of Fun - Part 1

It's been a whirlwind summer already and it's only July! We started the summer off with a camping trip in Manitou Springs, CO. I use the term "camping" loosely because we actually stayed in little cabin at Garden of the Gods Campground. I'm so glad that we were able to show the kids this beautiful area (we got married there!) before it was affected by the recent fires.

The kids did the Junior Ranger program at Garden of the Gods. If you're ever in a national park, it's a great way to explore and learn about the area and engage the kids in learning. They go around the park exploring, reading, listening to rangers speak, looking for wildlife, picking up litter, playing games and a number of activities.

We also visited Cave of the Winds, which I thought would be more...well, less touristy I suppose? We took a tour with a group of about 20 people. The paths inside the cave had been paved with cement and there were only certain places you could go. It was still pretty amazing to see and the kids felt like they were in an Indiana Jones adventure.

On the way home we drove through Woodland Park and stopped by the Dinosaur Resource Center. No one can resist a head-in-the-dinosaur's-mouth photo!

And we happened upon the area where the Hayman Fire happened 10 years ago (the largest in CO history until the more recent fire a few weeks ago). The kids asked so many questions - how did it happen, why did the lady start it, was she in jail, did she have to apologize to everyone. Marc and I decided to create a homeschooling app that pops up with information, old photos and interesting facts about places as you drive through them. Now if we only had programming knowledge...

Our trip was a good combination of fun and learning and the kids have decided that they'd like to go camping every a cabin, that is.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Back among the living!

I've taken a little hiatus from the ol' blog to work on another creative project, Dwell Antiques & Home. Dwell is a retail store I'm going to be opening with my mom (Antiques by Joy) and another friend, Melanie (Magpie. Fresh Design).


So we've been off on buying trips and I've been working my fingers to the bone fixing and polishing and painting and sewing. It's been fabulously exhausting.

We had hoped to open our brick-and-mortar store by now, but the lease is taking a bit longer than expected. (Wah!) Instead, we premiered at the Old Glory Antiques Fair last weekend and received a tremendous reception from current and new customers and other folks in the industry too.

I finally had the opportunity to meet Jeanne Oliver of Jeanne Oliver Designs and she's just lovely in person as Joy and Melanie have described her to be. With her was Tiffany of The Fancy Farmgirl whose blog I stumbled upon a few weeks ago and instantly fell in love. Jeanne and Tiffany were two little rays of sunshine in ruffles and cowgirl boots.

I missed meeting the two featured guests - Jo Packham of Where Women Create, and Ki Nassauer of Flea Market Style Magazine. Jo walked through our booth as we were removing wet plastic after the rain storm on Friday...such bad timing...everything was wet and thrown into piles. Such is life.

At any rate, I am extremely anxious and excited about getting the store opened up. Hopefully it will only be 6 to 8 more weeks, but I promise to keep you all posted and start posting more here on the ol' blog. In the meantime, please (pleeeeeeease?) follow us on Facebook ~ Dwell Antiques & Home.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Collecting frames

I've been pouring over design blogs lately, looking for new ideas and inspiration. I've never been drawn to gold - jewelry or otherwise - but lately I find myself admiring clusters of frames in gold and silver, so I decided to give it a shot in our entryway.

We don't have a proper entry, rather you enter into one big room that contains our dining room, living room and kitchen. It typically looks like this (but with more junk). The old Pottery Barn mirror box on the wall holds keys and sunglasses and the Mister's hats and accessories are dumped into the bin below it. I've never been quite happy with it in this house. It just looks too small, out of place and off center too.

With our new sideboard just a few feet away, the Mister can now stash his accessories - I mean "man stuff" - in one of the drawers.

For our keys, I disassembled a shadow box frame, painted it silver with Rub & Buff and added a gold-ish Martha Stewart glaze over it. Then I put a few hooks into the frame for keys.

The frame below it was a small painting which I defaced with chalkboard paint. I leave little love notes for my sweetie on it. There are a few other small frames and a hook where the Mister can hang his hat.

My teeny tiny bench is looking too teeny tiny there now. What would you put there instead? I tried a chippy black stool, which the Mister loved thought was brilliant for putting on his shoes in the morning, but there wasn't enough room for the door to open completely. Back to the Thrift to find something new I guess!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Refinished Sideboard

I thought I was going bold by picking grey for the side board I posted about a few weeks ago. Turns out it's barely different than my creamy wall color. (It does look a bit darker in person.) One day I'll re-re-paint it, but I do love it like mad.

This is the first time I've refinished furniture and I'm really pleased with how the top turned out. Maybe because it's so similar to the tones in our hardwood floors, which I also love. Sometimes I stop and stare at it for a minute when I walk by.

More photos to come when I get the rest of that area properly decorated.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Thrift Store Side Board

I found the greatest side board at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore this week for $25. And, being my lucky day, I got to spin the "Wednesday Wheel" and landed on 40% off. Yee-haw!

It came with all the hardware, some of which was off in this photo, and it came with wheels! I didn't notice them until I opened the drawers at home so it was a fun bonus. {Try to ignore my hideously messy house. My kids have been home from school for 2 days now and I can't keep up with them.}

The colors in the pillow case below are pretty much the colors throughout our house. Or, they're the colors I'd like to have. Almost everything is green and brown right now. What can I say, I love those colors! I think I'd like to paint the base grey or green (the golden color seems like it would look too bright and yellow).

I love some of the two-tone pieces I've seen on Pinterest, like this dresser from Miss Mustard Seed...

 And this one from One King's Lane via Pinterest...

I think grey would look nice for our house. What do you think?